Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, and Mike Carey developed a vision of Hell in Saga of the Swamp Thing, Sandman, and Lucifer that hinges on the idea that people create their own hells. We are our own worst (or best?) torturers. Of course, many rotten people think they’re great and deserve all the comforts of life, and some good people think they’re terrible. But according to this theory, there’s some piece of them that knows the truth, and it’s that piece that’s given voice in creating their afterlife, whether they’re aware of it or not. So some of the damned still wail, “Why is this happening to me? I was a good person!,” but deep down, they know. Gravedust’s cosmology owes something to this approach.

A couple of the bubble hells that show violent deaths were also influenced by a Barry N. Malzberg short story. A man commits suicide, thinking it will save him from the living hell of constantly reliving his greatest sin. And it does, but he ends up constantly reliving his death instead: “The bullet bullet lodged deep deep in his brain he pulled pulled the trigger the bullet lodged lodged deep in his brain brain he he pulled pulled the trigger trigger the bullet”

Yes, Rabbit was sweet on Bandit, and in his personal heaven, he gets to propose to her (and she says yes, of course). Yes, Astoria Troy’s heaven has many joys, but there’s nothing like a good old piece of pie the way her hometown makes it. And here’s where we found out that Lectrus was definitely dead, and his fate was inspired by the old Twilight Zone story “Time Enough at Last,” in which the bookish survivor of a nuclear holocaust has collected a lifetime’s worth of reading material to entertain him, but breaks his glasses just before he can dive in.

Some readers thought the fourth large image was Ulak. He isn’t tagged, but he hadn’t yet been confirmed as surviving the Friggzerker fight. That’s not Ulak, it’s just some Cultist troll, but considering how Ulak’s story ends, it still ended up being a prophetic image.